Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) President Masoud Barzani, who is supported only by Israel in the referendum process, plans to strengthen his hand in the upcoming non-binding referendum with the help of the Kurdish-origin Jews who hold active offices, according to reports.
The “Israel-Kurd” magazine, which is published in Northern Iraq, earlier addressed in a report the relations between Israel and Barzani, and issued the expectation that around 200,000 Jews living in Israel return to the region. The report stated that both the Kurdish Jews in Israel and Barzani’s family and his acquaintances have the same expectation.
Turkmen boycott meeting with Kurdish leader in Kirkuk
The Iraqi Turkmen Front (ITF) on Tuesday boycotted a meeting held in Kirkuk between Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani and ethnic and religious groups based in the city.“Turkmen members of Kirkuk’s provincial assembly chose not to take part in Tuesday’s meeting,” ITF Vice-President Hasan Turan told Anadolu Agency.He went on to point out that the region’s Turkmen stood in strong opposition to the KRG’s planned referendum on Kurdish regional independence, slated to be held later this month.“We have made it clear that Turkmen don't want this referendum to be held -- neither in Kirkuk nor in other disputed areas,” Turan said.“Kirkuk needs more stability, not tension,” he added.Slated for Sept. 25, the non-binding referendum will see residents of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region vote on whether or not to declare formal independence from Baghdad.Late last month, Kirkuk’s provincial assembly -- at a session boycotted by Turkmen and Arab members -- voted to include the province in the upcoming poll.Historically comprised of Arabs, Turkmen and Kurds, oil-rich Kirkuk remains disputed between the Barzani’s KRG and Iraq’s central government.Baghdad is also strongly opposed to the poll, saying it will adversely affect the fight against the Daesh terrorist group, which still maintains a significant presence in northern Iraq.Baghdad also believes that holding the poll would violate Iraq’s constitution.Turkey, too, rejects the planned referendum, saying the region’s stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its territorial integrity.Washington, for its part, has voiced concern that the poll could serve as a “distraction” from other pressing regional issues, especially the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of post-Daesh Iraq.
Jews living in Iraq and Syria were brought to Israel after it was founded, and given various positions in parliament. Israel’s relations with Mullah Mustafa Barzani, while Isreal was becoming a state, continued with Masoud Barzani. Israel, as a result of these relations, stands out as the only country supporting Barzani in the referendum to be held on Sept. 25.
Following the Turkmen in Kirkuk, Arab political parties announced that they rejected the KRG referendum. Turkmen political parties rejected the referendum and stated that they would not recognize the results, as well as calling for a boycott.
The Iraqi government rejects the planned poll, saying it will adversely affect the ongoing fight against the Daesh terrorist group, which still maintains a significant presence in Iraq. Baghdad also believes that holding the poll would violate the Iraqi constitution.
Turkey, too, rejects the planned referendum, saying the region’s stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its territorial integrity.
The Israel-Kurd magazine, which is allegedly funded by MOSSAD, Israel’s Institute for Intelligence and Special Operations, and supported by the Barzani family, carries out activities to enhance Kurdish-Israeli relations in many of its articles.
KRG referendum to lead region to war: Former Iraqi MP
The non-binding referendum of the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) on whether to declare independence from Baghdad slated for Sept. 25 carries great significance for millions of Arabs, Turkmens and Kurds in Iraq and Syria.A former Iraqi Member of Parliament, Feyha Bayatlı, told Yeni Şafak that a great danger was waiting for the region after the referendum.INITIATED BY THE US"If Barzani is not stopped, the new and large-scale war that will swallow the whole region will be inevitable. If this initiative succeeds, the geography and the destiny of nations will change," Bayatlı said.Bayatli served in parliament when the Iraqi constitution was amended between 2005 and 2006. She said that the 36th parallel and Operation Sledgehammer, initiated by the U.S., were the beginnings of KRG President Masoud Barzani’s Kurdish state project.SAME GAME PLAYED IN RAQQAThe former deputy added that Kirkuk, Mosul, Dahuk, and Erbil were part of a population ploy that was launched in 1991 in preparation for today. Bayatlı said that the same ploy was applied in Raqqa, al-Hasakah and Aleppo’s north.“Iraq’s richest oil and natural gas reserves were seized by Barzani, who refuses to pay the central government of Iraq the necessary payment from oil revenues. Barzani also continued to receive the Peshmerga salary from the Iraqi state," said Bayatli.She expressed that Barzani was able to declare autonomy with the courage of the forces behind him.A MEDITERRANEAN CORRIDORThe former Iraqi MP, who was a member of the delegation who penned the Syrian Constitution, told Yeni Şafak, "Barzani and his partners planned a Mediterranean corridor from Kirkuk, Erbil, al-Hasakah and Idlib as an alternative door to export oil to the outside world.”OPERATION EUPHRATES SHIELD The connection between Afrin, al-Hasakah, Afrin and Lattakia was severed by Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.Bayatlı said that although the objections raised by the Kurdish public are not openly expressed, it is due to the fact that the administration made an early announcement because conditions were not in place. Iraqi and Syrian Kurds in general are convinced about the great Kurdistan, she added. BARZANI-MOSSAD PARTNERSHIPTaken in 1971, this photograph reveals how deeply the relations between Israeli intelligence Mossad and Massoud Barzani. Barzani is seen standing alongside Mossad’s president and vice president, proving that Israel and the U.S. were included in the planning with Barzani’s Sept. 25 referendum for a garrison state map.This map will be the greatest cause of destruction for the region after Israel. The attack and dismantling plans for almost all countries will be managed from this region.KRG DISCONNECTED FROM THE WORLDThe former Iraqi parliamentarian Bayatlı emphasized that this so-called state will not be recognized by regional actors and that there will be no connection channel with the world when the Turkish government closes the border with Habur.Bayatlı also said that the role of Ankara in this process is vital as the oil from northern Iraq is exported through Turkey.REFERENDUM REJECTEDFollowing the Turkmen in Kirkuk, Arab political parties also announced that they rejected the KRG referendum. Turkmen political parties rejected the referendum and stated that they would not recognize the results, as well as calling for a boycott.Iraqi lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government.“Parliament obliged Prime Minister Haider Abadi to take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a dialogue to address the related problems between Baghdad and Erbil,” lawmaker Ali al-Safi said, referring to the capital of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.Turkey, too, rejects the planned referendum, saying the region’s stability depends on the unity of Iraq and the maintenance of its territorial integrity.Washington has likewise voiced concern that the poll could serve as a “distraction” from other pressing regional issues, especially the fight against terrorism and the stabilization of post-Daesh Iraq.RESULT WILL NOT BE RECOGNIZEDArab Parliamentarian Khalid Muferci read a joint statement against the referendum behalf of the Arab political parties at a press conference in Kirkuk."We will not recognize the outcome of the referendum and we regard it as a partisan approach without legitimacy," he said, adding that the referendum would constitute the beginning of the division of Iraq.IRAQ WILL BE PLUNGED INTO CHAOS ON SEPT. 26Kirkuk Foundation President Erşat Hürmüzlü said that after the referendum, a difficult period is awaiting Iraq. Hürmüzlü pointed out that the door to developments that will impact the country's integrity will be opened, and that "Iraq will wake up in chaos on Sept. 26.”“America positioned 300,000 to 400,000 Kurds in Kirkuk after 2003 in preparation for today’s developments. According to the Iraqi Constitution, the Kurdish region in northern Iraq includes three provinces, which we refer to as the green line. Erbil, Dahuk and Sulaimaniya. This constitution was formed by Shiite groups in America's patronage. Kirkuk is a controversial region for this constitution. Despite the opposition of the Turkmens, Kirkuk pushed to illegally hold the referendum. This is against the law of Kirkuk. Impositions are being enforced,” said Hürmüzlü.CONFLICT TO ENSUE“A referendum is to be held on Sept. 25. But what’s really important is what the situation will be on Sept. 26. We are afraid of a great conflict. The Turkmens do not consent and want to defend themselves. Such moves have already begun,” he added.Iraqi Parliament votes to reject Iraqi Kurdish ReferendumTREATY OF ANKARA COULD BE RENOGOTIATEDAn agreement was signed in 1926 between Turkey and Britain for Turkey to yield its claims to parts of northern Iraq, Turkish territory that was home to one million ethnic Turks.“Turkey fulfilled its commitments under the 1926 Ankara agreement. The referendum is a matter of fulfilling Iraq's commitment. The government has promised that this will not change. If there is a referendum, Iraq will not fulfill its commitment. Perhaps the Ankara Agreement will have to be discussed again,” Hürmüzlü said.SINJAR COULD JOIN THE REFERENDUM“Yezidis in Sinjar are in majority. They also seem to be in favor of being connected to Kurdistan. It would not be surprising for Sinjar to also participate in the referendum. My greatest fear is that they will make Tal Afar, which is comprised 95 percent of Turkmens, like Sinjar. Peshmerga will enter Tal Afar and they will claim it is Kurdish. The main issue is if Mosul’s western side is connected to Sinjar, Tal Afar and Syria’s Qamishli, Kobani, Idlib and Afrin to open up to the Mediterranean. They want to unite the cantons. Therefore, Turkmens of Tal Afar must return there immediately and the city must be rebuilt. What happened in Iraq will happen in Syria,” Hürmüzlü said.UK: Man who joined PKK/PYD arrested on his return2,650 dead bodies pulled from Iraq’s war-battered MosulIraq sends troops to recapture Daesh-held city in Anbar
Iraqi Parliament votes to reject Iraqi Kurdish Referendum
Lawmakers on Tuesday voted against the Kurdish independence referendum and called on the Baghdad government to negotiate with the semi-autonomous Kurdish government.A parliamentary majority in Baghdad voted in opposition to the Sept. 25 referendum planned by the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG).“Parliament obliged Prime Minister Haider Abadi to take all measures that preserve the unity of Iraq and start a dialogue to address the related problems between Baghdad and Erbil,” lawmaker Ali al-Safi said, referring to the capital of northern Iraq’s Kurdish region.The vote prompted Kurdish lawmakers to walk out of the session, which was attended by 204 of parliament’s 328 members.The non-binding referendum will see residents in provinces controlled by the KRG vote on independence from Baghdad.The Iraqi government is opposed to the poll, claiming it will affect the war against Daesh, cause instability and violate the Iraqi constitution. Turkey and the U.S. are also opposed to the vote.